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Student Activities

Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

The Centre for Human Rights in Practice provides a range of opportunities for students both within Warwick University and outside. These include modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, internships, volunteering and the possibility to join the Lacuna magazine team.

Volunteering Opportunities with Central England Law Centre (CELC)

The largest Law Centre in the country and winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2015, CELC has worked closely with Warwick Law School and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice over many years.

CELC is a charity providing free specialist legal advice and representation to those most in need in our area. They also support people to anticipate and prevent legal problems from arising and engage in innovative and sector-leading work in this area. Learn more about the work of the Central England Law Centre (CELC).

Middle Temple: Access to the Bar Awards

Apply for two weeks paid work experience in chambers and marshalling, Monday 29 June to Friday July 2020, through the Middle Temple.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Warwick Bright Stars

The Warwick Bright Stars programme is looking for enthusiastic ambassadors who would like to develop their classroom and teaching skills working in a primary school setting with Year 5 children.

Details of the new opportunity will be announced here once available. Please note the opportunities below are now closed and are just for reference.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Lacuna Magazine

Lacuna is an online magazine, run by the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, that exposes injustice and promotes human rights.

Each year we advertise paid support positions, offering opportunities to students with skills in social media, video production, editing, content marketing, art and graphic design.

Details of the new opportunity will be announced here once available. Please note the opportunities below are now closed and are just for reference.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Justice System Workshop Ambassador

Warwick Law School’s Justice System Ambassadors run interactive workshops in local secondary schools. This provides students aged 13-18 an insight into the Criminal Justice System, and the opportunity to review a case heard at the Crown Court before arguing for the prosecution or defence. The workshops are entirely led by our Law students, however the session is already fully prepared and comprehensive training will be given. Payment is £8.67/hour (+ £1.54 holiday pay) through Unitemps.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available. For more information contact Becca Kirk. Register your interest to receive an email notifying you when applications open.
International Mooting

The Centre for Human Rights in Practice facilitates student engagement with various international mooting opportunities.

In summer 2016 a Warwick team participated in the International Criminal Law Nuremberg Moot Court.

Previously, Morshed Mannan, Lucy Newton and Max Wilson represented at the KK Luthra International Mooting Competition (January 2011) and were awarded the second best memorial, coming third overall.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Equality, Human Rights and Public Spending Cuts Work

We have a number of ongoing research projects investigating the impacts of public spending cuts and welfare reform. We also undertake workshops, and provide expert training and support for public authorities and civil society organisations.

At times we look for a student to assist us in this area, primarily working on the resource 'database' alongside researching issues related to public spending cuts, and communicating with civil society organisations and public authorities.

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate a passion for research into issues of human rights and equality; very good research, communication and IT skillsl; and be prepared to work up to 6 hours per week in terms 1 and 2 of the academic year. Payment is at standard research assistant rates (approx. £10 per hour).

As vacancies arise they will be highlighted here. For more information, contact James Harrison.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Death Penalty Project

Through the DPP students have the opportunity to assist US attorneys and charities working on capital defence (Remote Assistance, student-led). The Centre for Human Rights in Practice also facilitates volunteering opportunities in partner capital defence offices in the USA (Internship).

The Death Penalty Internship Programme is a unique opportunity for “hands-on” exposure of legal work involving the common law system of the United States, which also encompasses diverse areas of criminal justice, medical law and human rights.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.
Julia Kerr Prize

Generously founded in memory of Julia Kerr, a Warwick Law School alumna, class of 1975.

£500 will be awarded to the student who has best demonstrated the use of skills and knowledge gained at Warwick Law School to make an important contribution to human rights in the community (locally, nationally and internationally) as a participant of activities arranged through Warwick University.

In 2015/2016 the prize was allocated to a group of Warwick students interning with US attorneys on the Death Penalty Project.

Previous winners of the Julia Kerr Prize include Zeenat Islam, Steve Hare, Phoebe Bower and Margaret O'Leary.

Details of the next opportunity will be announced here once available.